Report: Fans rising up against possible Kaepernick signing in Baltimore

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If recent comments by Ravens coach John Harbaugh regarding the potential signing of quarterback Colin Kaepernick were meant to be a trial balloon, it apparently is made of lead.

Mike Silver of NFL Media reports that the Ravens “have heard from numerous fans regarding Kaepernick in the last couple of days, many staunchly opposed to his signing.”

It’s hardly a surprise, given that Giants co-owner John Mara already has provided all anti-Kaepernick fans with the blueprint for shouting down a potential Kaepernick signing.

“All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Mara said in May. “If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game. It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, moreso than any other issue I’ve run into.”

It’s impossible to know whether the fans from whom the Ravens have heard are only Ravens fans, or whether they are fans of other teams who simply want to see Kaepernick remain unemployed. Regardless, it’s no surprise that those who don’t want to see Kaepernick on an NFL team are trying to block it from happening at a time when it appears that it could.

Maybe those who support the employment of Kaepernick — you know, those who made his 49ers jersey the 17th highest-selling jersey in May — should start contacting the Ravens as well, regardless of whether they are Ravens fans.

Ultimately, the question becomes whether Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti will ignore the noise, positive and/or negative, and make a decision based solely on the objective of winning football games. After all, that’s what the Commissioner claims all teams do.

155 responses to “Report: Fans rising up against possible Kaepernick signing in Baltimore

  1. Lol, embraced Ray Rice and about to put a Ray Lewis statue outside the stadium but heaven forbid a player silently protests police brutality. Unbridled ignorance.

  2. They complained about Jackie Robinson too.

    This is so out of hand it’s ridiculous. This guy kneeled in protest. Get over it if you don’t agree. He didn’t break any laws, didn’t commit any crimes, didn’t stop anyone from doing anything. It’s time for a team to have the guts of Branch Rickey and take a chance.

    Baltimore has a strong black fan base…they’ll sell lots of his jerseys.

  3. Get a life. Ray Lewis killed a guy. You’ve had multiple felons on your team, and the arrest record is so long it’s like War and Peace.
    Kap did a non violent peaceful protest which this country’s first amendment was founded on.
    “Lighten up Francis”. Stripes for you genius’ in crab country.

  4. Whether or not you agreed with Kap’s stand,
    ask yourself if you would have the guts to stand up for what you believe in, like he did.

    I was impressed with his courage.

    His movement was a great reenforcement of what it is that makes our country great.

    Freedom and Liberty aren’t just pretty words. They mean something. They were sacrificed for. Our ancestors bled-out on fields for them.

    I respect Kap for his courage.

    I would thank him for reminding all of us that we are free to express what it is that we believe in.

    Love or loathe his message….it doesn’t really matter.

    Kap stood up for America by kneeling in front of us.

  5. Maybe those who support the employment of Kaepernick — you know, those who made his 49ers jersey the 17th highest-selling jersey in May — should start contacting the Ravens as well, regardless of whether they are Ravens fans.

    I would guess these people more relate to activism than to watching football.

  6. Ravens fan here. If Flacco is expected back in the next couple of weeks at a hundred percent there is no reason to sign Kaepernick. That said, if there is something worse happening with Flacco’s back that they aren’t letting on, Kaepernick should be signed and if they don’t this season is going to be a big waste with Ryan Mallett at the Helm

    If you let the politics of a few people who are upset that someone use their right to protest in a country that has a long history of protest and a Bill of Rights that guarantees it, that is just silly and will deserve a poor record if we get there without Flacco or a Kaepernick

  7. RGIII. He has the same ACTUAL problem at QB — he can’t do it. Which is why he, like Kaepernick, is still unemployed.

    Ironically, the 49ers did support and endorse his right to protest. However, when it comes to being a QB, they saw he couldn’t do it.

    Which is why Lynch, the new GM of the 49ers, told Kaepernick — Resign Or Be Cut — after Shanahan looked at Kaepernick and said ‘No way, Jose!’ he can’t run my offense.

  8. Too bad they couldn’t “rise up” against stealing another city’s football team.

    Baltimore and Kaepernick deserve each other…

  9. Freedom of Speech is an important right guaranteed by our Constitution. Colin Kaepernick certainly can use that right to express his opinion, even if it is not supported by data. However, the Constitution also gives those with opposing views the same freedom to express their views.

  10. Good. There’s nothing wrong with protesting or sharing an opinion but CK clearly chose the absolute worst time, place and especially target. The national anthem and flag represent the freest, most successful and least oppressive country that has ever existed. CK can never return unless he apologizes, admits it was wrong and returns to focusing on football…which is highly doubtful he will ever do.

  11. Unlike traditional voting and ‘one person, one vote’ the people Mara heard from were season ticket holders. Their votes, after tickets, parking, concessions, and memorabilia, equal roughly 100,000 votes of shirt buyers.
    It was a landslide.

  12. Since most of the media want to see Kaepernick employed for this upcoming season I think one of them should hire him as a football analyst.

  13. Colin should have learned that the fans would have been ok if he beat women but silently protesting racial injustice in policing is wayyy over the line. Welcome to America folks.

  14. No fans = No League

    It’s about time the NFL and the media listen to the financial reason football exists. That in it’s entirety would be the fan base.

  15. Somethings up because arena guys keep getting signed over him
    I agree with Chris long, he’s definitely one of the 32 best

  16. We will see if they wanna win or just make money , kaep is way better than mallet especially after his 5 int meltdown in practice recently but if they just care about money they will stick with a arena league jag and mallet so they don’t hurt the feelings of their fan base….

  17. The same fans who still proudly wear Ray Lewis jerseys and who wore the Ray Rice jerseys immediately after that elevator video was released? Incredible.

  18. Nobody and I mean nobody wants this ridiculous SJW on there team. If the eagles signed him it would ruin my season before it even started. The good news is that Antifa is looking for a qb.

  19. Thank goodness there is a unified effort to prevent Kaepernick from being signed by the Ravens. Putting aside his unpatriotic issues, he simply is no longer the player he was and judging from his last year’s performance, it isn’t worth the risk of even keeping him in as a backup. There is talent around that is younger and with greater potential.

  20. The NFL broke their all time record for revenue last year. If Kaepernick effected revenue, it must have been a positive effect. Football fans will come, and they’ll spend their money. They love football. Love trumps hate.

  21. As a Ravens fan I say this. Can he make the Ravens a better team? If so, let’s do this. Everyone needs to get over all the other stuff.

  22. And perhaps they’ve already made that “football” decision and PASSED by signing someone else.

    The guy just isn’t that good, and there are questions about his priorities allowing for the dedication to a job that takes full engagement to succeed at.

    Regardless of the baggage it’s a tough ‘football’ personnel type call, but when that baggage is added in? As the recent poll showed that behavior on the sideline WAS a reason, the main one, for lower ratings whether you like it or not.

    So, its looks like his career is likely over unless he signs in Seattle, a town that better aligns with his beliefs or he changes his approach.

    As a Hawk fan I hope he does neither.

  23. I don’t see why it’s a big deal in Baltimore; not like he killed another human being or anything.

  24. He’s not a good quarterback. 16 TDs to 4 INTs is not enough for me to switch my entire scheme to read option. Flacco will be back before the regular season, no need for this clown.

  25. Every stand you take has a consequence. He took a very unpopular one, and he is living with the consequences. The NFL does not owe him a job. Ray Rice could not get a job. We ned to get over the notion that it is a travesty that he is not signed.

  26. I love this. He thought he was so cool kneeling for the national anthem, and now look at him. Karma at it’s finest

  27. I don’t get it. A guy takes a non-violent and peaceful approach to a cause he is passionate about and is persecuted and blacklisted for taking a knee. Meanwhile, domestic abusers, child abusers, and plenty of other people who have off the field issues are celebrated and cheered.

  28. Ravens fans are football savvy. He’s an uncoachable sphincter.

    He can’t play. Add that he’s a social justice warrior and it’s not worth the hassle.

  29. Michael Vick has apologized and worked with pet shelters and turned his vile crime into a net benefit for the pet community. I can forgive him.

    Colin kaepernick has to ask for forgiveness and show he was wrong and the rest of the NFL fans and I might forgive him. He hasn’t done that. A lot of people died fighting for that flag and what it means, he spat in their memories.

  30. It’s easy for fans to have the fake bravado and claim they will stop going to games. In reality, I bet fewer than 5% of those claiming they wouldn’t go would actually forego their tickets just because they didn’t like something about a backup QB. I don’t know the situation in Baltimore, but many teams have waiting lists for season tickets and sell plenty of single game tickets.

    Did Mara ever quantify what “a lot” of responses were? He said it wasn’t 1 or 2, so 50 would seem like a lot. A difference of 50 people possibly buying tickets (even if they followed through on their empty threats), would not truly change the bottom line one bit. It sounds like Mallett is a train wreck, so they better consider someone else, whether or not it is Kaepernick.

  31. “Get over it if you don’t agree. ”

    I see, so only those who agree with him are allowed to voice their opinions? Sounds like you support freedom of speech for yourself and those you agree with but no one else.

    That almost sounds..hypocritical.

  32. It’s hardly a surprise, given that Giants co-owner John Mara already has provided all anti-Kaepernick fans with the blueprint for shouting down a potential Kaepernick signing.
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    So Baltimore fans are “rising up” because of something the owner of the Giants said? Once again, you show the arrogance of liberals that the country has had enough of. You seem to honestly believe that people who don’t think like you are too dumb to think for themselves. How sad.

  33. Hmmm, I wonder if any of the deep pocketed Kaep supporters had anything to do with that jersey selling statistics that seems to be the only quoted measure of his popularity. For some reason the fans that write letters in opposition to his non-football protests and are willing to take action to express their own opinion don’t count in that popularity statistic.

  34. This guy doesn’t deserve the opportunity to play in the NFL! Hes a quarterback!He’s supposed to be the head of the team! I understand the outrage from fans & m with them 100%. Who would follow & support a player who colluded with the Russians. Our QB can’t be a freakin communist..period! Wait… what? He isn’t colluding with the Russians? He silently protested police brutality…. oh my bad, never mind. Wonder what this is really about….

  35. tralfaz1127 says:
    Jul 29, 2017 4:41 AM
    Get a life. Ray Lewis killed a guy.
    ***********************
    Amazing how many morons post here. #alternatefacts.

    In the closer-to-reality-but-still-not-really-there world, Skip Bayless (remember him? He used to be on TV) thinks they should sign Kap, and given his demonstrated QB expertise (“Johnny Football will win multiple SBs, guaranteed!!”), I’m sure the Ravens will go right out and sign him.

    No owner is going to rush to sign a player his fans hate – rightly or wrongly – unless he doesn’t care about attendance. Any owners you know who don’t care about attendance? And while Kap has his right to protest, fans also have their right to protest by boycotting. Plus, the Ravens don’t have much cap room and it’s doubtful Kap wants to work for vet minimum. And his style is completely different than the offense they are running now.

    It’s no great mystery. They might be forced to try to sign Kap (and take the drastic roster steps probably necessary to create needed cap space) if Flacco is more hurt than they currently think and Mallett throws a rod in preseason, cause then they will need at least a kinda-sorta NFL QB with a weak arm. But they have other more pressing issues to address first.

  36. Oh also Peipke died so that Kap could use his freedom of speech any way he damn well pleases. Get the hell of his nutz. Everyone loves Ali, he did the same damn thing. Get a life people its just a football player, let him play.

  37. Kaepernick sucks as a QB and has an overall bad attitude. Attach the other stuff and the dude is toxic.

    He doesn’t even know what he is kneeling for, so much so, that apparently he feels it made enough of a difference or that he didn’t care that much to begin with

  38. Anywhere this turd tries to go the fans need to rise up and make it clear that he’s not welcome. I can’t wait until he just goes away for good.

  39. Yes Kap had the right to protest just like we have the right to be outraged about it. You can’t have it both ways. He had the right to do what he did and the fans and the NFL have the right to do what they are doing.

  40. Its not likely that the same fans who supported Ray rice and Ray Lewis… are protesting against Kaep.

    Flacco is okay(not worth the money) and Mallet looks 100x worse.

  41. Yes, he is has such a social conscious that he didn’t even show up to vote on election day. Perhaps he’s not protesting at all and is just too lazy to stand!

  42. I have no issue with protesting, just not the flag. Many fans, myself included, have relatives who have died or made major sacrifices for this country, and under no circumstances can we condone disrespect. The country’s is not perfect but has institutions that constantly push us towards a “more perfect union”.

  43. The commissioner has made many dubious claims over the years. Business is business, the bottom line for this decision is the bottom line. It’s fear of backla$h and not blackballing that has kept Kaepernick unemployed. Fans vote with their wallets. That’s all that matters to an owner, everything besides that is the real noise. Right now Bisciotti is probably hearing plenty from people expressing themselves and reminding him Baltimore was the original home of the Star Spangled Banner as is their right.

  44. I wish people who don’t want Kaep to get a job would just admit that they don’t like mouthy black people. You’re just embarrassing yourself by saying he’s not getting a job because he’s not good enough.

    David Fales, Dan Orlovsky and Luke McCown were signed this offseason. That argument is invalid.

  45. And the moral of the story is: Think before you act. Kaepernick has every right to kneel in protest, and the owners and coaches of the other 31 teams in the NFL have every right to consider the negative backlash his actions will have on their franchise/team.

    “Ultimately, the question becomes whether Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti will ignore the noise, positive and/or negative, and make a decision based solely on the objective of winning football games.”

    Um, seriously? We’re talking about the Ravens signing a BACKUP quarterback. Why would any owner or coach want to sign a player with this type of baggage? If the Ravens did sign him, the only way he ever gets on the field is either if Flacco gets hurt, or for meaningless mop-up duty.

    It’s time to stop making this Kaepernick issue bigger than it is. He is a BACKUP quarterback; he’s not going to lead any franchise to a Super Bowl. The media is acting like CK is Tom Brady Jr., and once again, they’re (the media) the only ones left who don’t understand why CK is still unsigned.

  46. Kaep is a QB who has proven in the right system, he can play at a level to win playoff games and even almost win a Super Bowl!!!! Many other so called young pure pocket passers are getting so many chances and time after time they crumble in the playoffs.
    Kaep would be a very good player to add to the Ravens only if they are serious about making a playoff run this year. Otherwise any of these Qb’s on the roster can entertain you and come into a game and get the Ravens through the game-even the no name guy they just “very foolishly” wasted a peek a boo opportunity to find a gem.

    So, keep wasting real opportunities to add quality depth at QB and keep sitting home with the rest of the status quo in the NFL and buy tickets to watch the SB like the rest of them.

    People have to understand the type of people who post (they are the passionate ones who feed their egos and positions every day). And there are most normal people who may disagree, and understand IT IS NOT THAT SERIOUS, and get over it and recognize this is first and foremost about football and giving your team the best opportunity to win. They don’t post about it. So don’t make decisions based on the passionate posters. There are far too many who will just deal with it rationally.

    If QB is supposedly the most important position on the team, why do so many teams stick anybody on it as the number 2 and 3 guy? Thats never the best ideal. Just think back to Bill Walsh and the Joe Montana and Steve Young days. Thats the way it should be done.

  47. I think it has to do more with the fact the Ravens can’t afford to pay him what he wants – for the role he’d be expected to play. They can fill that role with a much less expensive body.

    Personally, I don’t think his heart is into the game. And the fact his numbers aren’t that great add to the negatives. Apparently the juice isn’t worth the squeeze…..or he’d be playing for somebody.

  48. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    Jul 29, 2017 7:39 AM
    Freedom of Speech is an important right guaranteed by our Constitution. Colin Kaepernick certainly can use that right to express his opinion, even if it is not supported by data. However, the Constitution also gives those with opposing views the same freedom to express their views.

    Free speech doesn’t work this way. Your employer does not owe you free speech. Free speech applies to the government not infringing.

  49. Might have to boycott the NFL until Kap gets signed. It’s clear the NFL and its “majority” fan base doesn’t care about Police brutality and the injustices that Kaepernick stood up/Kneeled down for.

    I’m cool on the NFL for right now. I got my Ohio State Buckeyes,
    And I’ll follow Harbaugh this year. Still a big Harbaugh fan – until he beats Ohio State…..and that ain’t happening anytime soon.

  50. Let’s not forget, Kaep didn’t just kneel during the National Anthem and make people mad. He doubled down and wore those socks which were disrespectful to police. I understand what he was protesting in both cases but I think he could have chosen a better way. Yes, he had a right to do it, just like every NFL team has a right not to hire him.

    On top of the baggage, what is his level of commitment to football now. Johnny Goofball is a loser but it looks like he’s at least trying to get back in the game. I have no idea if Kaep even wants to play and he hasn’t done anything to dispel that notion since he was cut.

  51. “Ultimately, the question becomes whether Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti will ignore the noise, positive and/or negative, and make a decision based solely on the objective of winning football games.”

    That’t the thing right there – can he win football games? You are making way too much out of this. The fact that he remains unsigned tells me that owners and coaches have doubts that he can actually win games. If they were confident that he could, he’d be in a camp right now. If you aren’t sure that he can help you, why would you open yourself up to scrutiny by signing him?

  52. Before we crucify NFL teams for responsible (as they see it) corporate decisions it seems prudent that we hear from Kaepernick. This is all noise until Kaepernick tells the world what he wants (situation, salary, offensive system, etc.), takes a complete physical, works out for a team and convinces them that football is his primary focus. None of that has happened though he seems to be embracing martyrdom based on his tweets. Teams now have limited cap space; limited time to incorporate a new QB in an offensive system; legitimate concerns about fan response; an aversion to distractions and no idea of the skills Kaepernick currently has. Time to focus o the guys that are currently in camps.

  53. “…and make a decision based solely on the objective of winning football games.”

    He’s something like 13-24 over the past 3 years as a starter. Your point is moot and this agenda is tired.

    Push your nonsense elsewhere. Or don’t.

    Just know that we know SJW.

  54. Castro shirt, pig socks, incorrectly instructing youth.

    These are not a few of my favorite things, but are things you can associate with Kaepernick. Why you might even be able to use them as points for why Kaep is still jobless in the NFL.

  55. Ravens supporter. SIGN HIM ALREADY! Flacco’s heart is not into it this season. You can tell by listening to one of his ‘interviews”. We need KAP!

  56. When you “stand up for your beliefs” on YOUR EMPLOYER’S TIME that is way different than when you do it on your own.

    On your EMPLOYER’S TIME should never happen – you have no free speech when you are working – the arrogance of exploiting that is what Colon Krappernick is paying for. He was foolish, selfish, put himself in front of his team, and should never be employed in the NFL again.

    On your OWN TIME would not have given him as much face time to squat when he should have stood, but he would be fully within his rights and he would have been viewed differently.

    The problem is squatting when the National Anthem was played – he could have done that without any issue if he resigned from the team and then sat on his arse in his chair at home.

  57. You left out the part that the Jersey was on clearance. There are people that show up at Eagles games wearing Mike Mamula and T.O. jerseys still. I wouldn’t read too much into people deciding they won’t spend $100 on a Jersey.

  58. buddha420cwa says:

    Oh also Peipke died so that Kap could use his freedom of speech any way he damn well pleases.
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    Most of us who have fought in close quarters combat for our country do not like people who trash our country. Kaepernick talks about the USA the exact same way terrorists do.

  59. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Jul 29, 2017 10:19 AM
    I wish people who don’t want Kaep to get a job would just admit that they don’t like mouthy black people. You’re just embarrassing yourself by saying he’s not getting a job because he’s not good enough.

    David Fales, Dan Orlovsky and Luke McCown were signed this offseason. That argument is invalid.

    Those quarterbacks were signed to be 3rd string camp arms who signed for minimum contracts. It’s not comparable to Kap he doesn’t want to sign to be a camp arm at league minimum. And he isn’t good enough to compete for a starting roll. Those other qbs knew that and are signing at old ages to get a couple more bucks. He is a gimmick qb who has been figured out by defenses. Maybe he should come out and be humble and say he wants to just wants to compete to make a team and be a 3rd string qb and work his butt off to improve and make the team. If I was in his position and still wanted to play. I would be on every media outlet that would let me. Getting the word out about how hard I’m going to work. But from him not a peep that tells me all I need to know.

  60. While on the one hand, I dislike and disagree with Kaep’s anti-cop sillinesss and I’m irritated by this site’s pro-Kaep bias, I have to say… a couple good wins by Kaep in a row will shut the complainers up real fast…

    While the W/L stats didn’t show it, Kaep had a really good year last year based on QB stats.

    Sure, the complainers will say they’ll stop coming to games. But if Kaep can take the Ravens to the playoffs (big if, I know)… well… let’s just say the secondary market for Ravens tickets won’t be hurt too much by this crowd…

  61. The problem is ignorance. There are ignorant people, ignorant sports athletes, and ignorant media members who support needlessly divisive actions in lieu of actual thoughtful activism. They cheer on the spreading of ignorance. They cheer on needless racial divide.

    While Kaepernick may indeed try to be making things better, he’s coming from an absolute kindergarten level position.

    Dividing people along racial lines, blaming RACE as the problem, and protesting the national anthem is actually doing the opposite of what he intended. Gee I wonder why? Maybe because he’s aiming for one thing but shooting another? Being a racist doesn’t help ones position Kaepernick.

    Kaepernick blames white people for police killing people of color. Except the facts are, more white people are killed by police then anyone else. Nice job moron Kaepernick. Race has NOTHING to do with this issue. NOTHING.

    It’s bad POLICY. Bad POLICY enacted by people of ALL RACES, including Obama who helped militarize the police. Blaming white people or any RACE is just idiotic. Denying that it is effecting people of ALL races, is just idiotic. It’s bad policy for everyone, including for police officers who only follow the policies that are sent down from above. The flag/anthem have nothing to do with it.

    Thus the action of blaming white people, denigrating the flag/anthem, wearing his pig socks, wearing fidel castro shirts, only shows the world how much of a confused moron he is. People then use their 1st amendment right to protest his idiotic, divisive, racist actions.

    He hangs around with BLM idiots. Who are just a hate group of know-nothings who aren’t raising people up, just determined like Kaepernick to bring everyone down. Protesting down to the lowest common denominator never helped anything.

    People that support his position are just ignorant of reality. Tons of them out there. So he has the support of ignorant fools. It kind of invalidates his ‘following’, when his followers and supporters are just as ignorant about the situation.

    He has the right to protest, but an ignorant protest at exactly the wrong time/moment/place will bring about a significant backlash. It has. No surprise.

    Kaepernick betrays his own goal because he’s too ignorant of the situation to actually protest it correctly. Leave race out of it moron. Leave the flag/anthem out of it.

    Blame the specific people who enacted the specific bad policies and you don’t even have to ‘protest’ to get that out… just do so while being interviewed. Offer alternatives. Do we see him doing that? Nope.

    Then people rightly wouldn’t be so pissed at you. Kaepernick is a confused person. His racist position against white people betrays his own genetics even. He’s racist against himself.

    Who wants such an idiot on his team? Who can rightfully call that guy a leader? You know Custer was a leader too right? Led his ‘team’ into a slaughter because he was a moron. No team wants that guy as your field general. Especially when people rightfully vote with their dollars not to support such an ignorant moron.

  62. LakefrontLegend says:
    Jul 29, 2017 3:20 AM
    Lol, embraced Ray Rice and about to put a Ray Lewis statue outside the stadium but heaven forbid a player silently protests police brutality. Unbridled ignorance.

    —————–

    Many of us watch football for entertainment, not to be reminded of all the BS going on in the world.

    Politics does not belong in sports.

    Separate Entertainment from Politics.

  63. It makes little sense for any of this daly Kaep watch nonsense unless he makes public his salary parameters and desires on playing. Maybe the story should be dead until the source actually clears up some stuff.

  64. Come on. What’s the big deal. There’s no pride in this countty anymore anyway. Our financial industry destroyed the wirld economy and the lives of many innocent people.

  65. CK’s QBR last year shows that his rating overall 23rd, was broken down more like best for running, worst (actually a negative number) for passing…

  66. A recent JD Power poll on the subject found 26% of NFL viewers stopped watching NFL football games last season because of CK. A 1/4th of your viewing base turns the channel, and the Shield took notice.

  67. The report just came out … last year the NFL TV ratings dropped because of CK protest.

  68. Why is it people always refer to Jackie Robinson and Ali with Kap? You are talking all time greats vs a garbage QB. I get the civil comparisons… But plenty of non elite athletes have made a stand that he is more comparable to. Then you got the guys that will throw up career QB rating because they don’t truly understand the game… But that same chart would have Russel Wilson as the 3rd best QB in NFL history lol. It is just comical to me. He isn’t very good plain and simple. Not very good + distraction = unemployed. The juice isn’t worth the squeeze

  69. Lol, Ravens went 8-8 last year, and they play in the same division as the Steelers. The fans should be pissed about that record, their lack of a run game and lack of receivers, before they get all worked up over a backup qb signing.

  70. I don’t agree with Kap’s protesting, but considering how many felons are in the league, it seems weird to wait until your team considers signing a guy with unpopular political beliefs to raise a stink. People have strange priorities.

  71. We are now experiencing the spam mail version of sports reporting. This same article was up yesterday. What is different are all the articles supporting CK that appear to be written by the same person. Here is the truth, an overwhelming number don’t like him. He’s toxic. Tim Tebow doesn’t get to play and he’s not toxic but does bring distraction. He’s also not a good quarterback and neither is CK. CK has shown no interest in playing. Still… SJW Stepford Reporters with terminal PC virus keep beating the drum for him. He won’t play and I am fair certain if he does because Caitlyn Jenner came out his his suport or George Soros buys a team to put him on, he still won’t be any good. He seems to want to go a different route which he also won’t be any good at because he is not personable or articulate enough to do that either.

    I really don’t get the relentless push to get him signed when he is doing nothing in that direction. Then I think of who owns the media and I don’t have to wonder about this, or tranny bathroom issues, or why the news is filled with Trump hate and all kinds of related subjects. I suspect the apocalypse is going to take care of all this. One thing I DO KNOW is that CK is NEVER going to be a useful or desirable football player again. He’s just not good enough and his heart isn’t in it. He engineered this whole SJW thing in order to give him a life option. That isn’t going to work either. One day you’ll see him on one of those lists, “Whatever happened to so and so.” and you’ll think, well thank god I haven’t heard about him in years.

  72. Kaep jersey sales are more about a potential collector’s item with historical value and novelty social statement than the football player himself and his actual football accomplishments. So, yes, every team’s bottom line decision is still about winning games.

  73. “They complained about Jackie Robinson too.”

    Kapernick doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breathe as Robinson.

  74. Kap can’t win without a dominat D and running game.Ravens have a starter , top ten D but can’t run the ball . Kap would not make a difference

  75. It is very simple. Many fans do not want to pay hundreds of dollars per game to witness a person getting paid millions of dollars per year to play a game who protests against and insults with pig socks the great majority of police who are actual heroes in this country.

    Besides, close to twice as many whites are killed by police than are blacks. No society is perfect, but ours is the closest to perfect that there is.

  76. Jackie Robinson came on the scene in a different time!
    Comparing him to an anti American protester is ludicrous.

    Maybe 50 years from now Kaepernick’s protest will be seen differently, but I doubt it.

  77. Okay, Baltimore PD is caught planting false drug evidence, known for ”rough rides,” and broke Freddie Gray’s neck, but the thing fans find most objectionable is a man protesting these kinds of situations? Hmm.

  78. The City of Baltimore has enough problems without adding fuel to the fire. Baltimore would be the worst possible landing spot for Mr. Kaepernick. The city needs to come together not be ripped apart.

  79. jbraider says:
    Jul 29, 2017 2:36 PM
    There will come a time very soon when the Giants will wish they had drafted Jarvis Landry instead of OBJ

  80. I love all the comments about Baltimore fans. Act like this wouldn’t be the reaction of most cities fan base. You think he’d be welcomed in DC? NY? Philly? I’m glad the other 31 teams fans are so sympathetic and compassionate. Whether you agree with his protest and how he carried it out or not, I’m fairly confident if he was linked to just about any other team in the league, the fan outcry would be about the same.

  81. Enough already…sign him. I applaud him to have the courage to stand up (or kneel down) to bring light to an important issue in society today. Aside from that, he’s way more athletic than Joe “Bad Backo” Flacco and would only make a boring offense more dynamic.

  82. Shorter version of this article:

    “(Us) dumb football fans do not have the right to criticize kaep BC he lives in a free country where his right to criticize is protected”

  83. The Ray Lewis comments are really dumb.

    Ray never should have been charged with murder. The prosecutors embarrassed themselves… when evidence was presented in court, it was clear to all he didn’t kill anybody, and they quickly cut a plea deal.

    Calling him a murderer shows you are a dunce.

  84. Plain and simple, I watch football to get away from the real world and have a good time. I don’t care to see a clown that makes millions of dollars protest. Get over it and do your job.

  85. This is the system working. Wanting to tear something down just because it suddenly gave a result you disagree with is the hallmark of the unthinking resistard. Remember, the Democrats rigged their own nomination but you don’t see them kneeling over that.

  86. “Ultimately, the question becomes whether Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti will ignore the noise, positive and/or negative, and make a decision based solely on the objective of winning football games. ”
    __________________________
    And if the Ravens look at him and decide he is not better than what they have, or not a match for their offense, what then? Will you throw the Raven sunder the bus as you have the rest of the NFL? This is why people hate race-baiting liberals. They are incapable of distinguishing their opinion from proven fact, and feel compelled to hypocritically accuse and condemn others for being closed-minded.

  87. racistchecker says:
    Jul 29, 2017 5:03 PM

    Martin Luther King, Jr. was called a “communist” by Whites in his time. Funny how things have changed but still remain the same!”

    I wasn’t alive during Martin Luther King Jr.’s time so I don’t know if that’s what some pathetic racist people were calling him at the time. He was a great man that did more for change and social equality than anyone since his time in America. Prior to that I think you’d have to go back to Abraham Lincoln.

    Colin Kaepernick is no Martin Luther King Jr. Also, if the shoes, socks, and shirt fit then it is being worn. Kaepernick wore a Fidel Castro shirt (Communist Dictator) and complained about oppression while praising the Castro era in Cuba. So if you take a stance supporting people that run socialist and communist agendas then you’re probably going to get called a communist and socialist.

  88. it’s sad that so many Americans complain about losing their rights yet they complain even louder when someone else is exercising theirs. no wonder Donald J Rump got elected.

  89. I think kaepernick should be dropped smack in the middle of Afghanistan with a pack and rifle for at least 3 months. Something tells me he may not be so ready to disrespect all those who sacrifice daily so he can run his mouth.

  90. Yet another Kap article that doesn’t include money. Fact is, he’s priced himself out of any team’s range. Until he lowers to 3m/year, no one is going to talk with him.

    Kap and his agent are perfectly happy letting the media do its thing for him.

  91. First, there’s one culture in particular that purchases and wears NFL jerseys… and that culture, generally speaking, is not made up of white, middle-aged ticket buyers. Second, Kaepernick is an arrogant, disrespectful, hypocrite, in my opinion. Now, he has every right to protest in whatever way he likes, just as the fans have every right to protest Kaepernick’s inclusion in the league. There were FAR better ways to stand up and speak out against police brutality than to bring the American flag and our national anthem into it. It doesn’t matter who you are, what your ethnicity, gender, race, or religion is… if you attack America and its traditions then you are black balled. Kaepernick has been black balled by the fans, and more importantly, by the owners, none of whom want to deal with the fan backlash that signing Kaepernick creates. Kaepernick brought himself an ocean’s worth of attention… but the issue to which he’d hoped to bring awareness, police shootings, has taken a backseat, and by a wide margin, to Kaepernick’s ignorant stance against the flag and the anthem. He’s out of the league, forever I’d say, and he’s 100% at fault for that.

  92. It is a business. He hurts ticket sales, and there are other guys who would not hurt ticket sales. This guy is scum. I would never pay tickets for a game he was involved in. That simple. No one in their right mind would do the opposite and buy a ticket solely because they like his protest of dead soldiers. Any team that signs him is losing ticket sales.

  93. Kaepernick’s first problem is that the U.S. flag stands for all that is good in America…one nation, under God, indivisible, wth liberty and justice for all. When you refuse to stand for the national anthem, you are disrespecting our dearest values. There is no way to rationalize that disrespect, try has hard as he might. Kaepernick’s second problem is that people don’t forget.

  94. What I find interesting is that the owner of the Giants, never speaks to the legitimacy of the issues that created Kaepernick’s protest. None of you have as well. But then again people did not like MLK in the 1960s either so why am I surprised.

  95. Look at the comment saying they will boycott if Kaep plays. This is what is keeping him out of the league. Agree with his peaceful protest or disagree there is no other reason he isn’t playing.

  96. I could care less about his political views
    Bottom line is if the Ravens sign him for anything over the league minimum their stupider than the 49ers were he’s only good as a 3rd string backup.

  97. There’s another pro football league right across the border, in Canada. Kaepernick would A) Have a chance to start B) have a wider field allowing him more real estate to run and space for his receivers, so he’d have a better chance at you know, not sucking C) He’d be accepted as most Canadians, especially under this administration, are pretty anti-American and Colin Castro would be a hero to them D) He could finally leave this oppressive country and be free to live the life he wants, because clearly the USA is a repressive anti-black country, right?

  98. lukedunphysscienceproject says:

    I wish people who don’t want Kaep to get a job would just admit that they don’t like mouthy black people.
    ==================================

    He’s not black.

  99. ” This guy kneeled in protest. Get over it if you don’t agree. He didn’t break any laws, didn’t commit any crimes, didn’t stop anyone from doing anything. ”

    He seeks the destruction of america to socialism. Look up what he said about Fidel Castro and cuba. This man seeks to bring about the conditions existing in cuba to the united states. that is treason. It is unlawful in every sense of the word. Why doesn’t he go play football in cuba or some european socialist “heaven”

  100. If you are winning games and killing it on the field, you can get away with some social activism and be a distraction. If you aren’t winning and killing it on the filed, you had best be careful what you do and say and not make waves. If you are going to behave this way, you had better be good enough to overcome the distraction that you bring. CK unfortunately is not worth the distraction that he brings. The bottom line is that owners will give some leeway and look the other way of you are good enough.

  101. abninf says:
    Jul 30, 2017 5:28 PM
    lukedunphysscienceproject says:

    I wish people who don’t want Kaep to get a job would just admit that they don’t like mouthy black people.
    ==================================

    He’s not black.

    =============

    Then Obama wasn’t either. What a quandary for you fellers.

  102. His jersey sold so well probably because the BLM and other groups supporting the protest bought them to support CK……….

  103. I respect Kap for his courage.

    I would thank him for reminding all of us that we are free to express what it is that we believe in.

    Love or loathe his message….it doesn’t really matter.

    Kap stood up for America by kneeling in front of us.
    ________________________________
    This is ALL about many white people not accepting the fact that racist, murderous cops DO exist. It also reflects their willingness to ignore the killing of innocent, un-armed black Americans for reasons that white people would not even be charged for anything! So Kap stood up and said, “these killings are un-American”. Now Kap is the villain? This is surely Donald Trump’s racist U.S.A. where KKK rules supplant the U.S. Constitution.

  104. What I find interesting is that the owner of the Giants, never speaks to the legitimacy of the issues that created Kaepernick’s protest. None of you have as well. But then again people did not like MLK in the 1960s either so why am I surprised.
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    There is nothing in the U S constitution condoning the killing of unarmed citizens of any color. If you have a problem with a particular incident then take it up with the locale where it occurred. Protesting against the flag and the national anthem does nothing but bring attention to a sub-par quarterback with an extreme lack of intelligence. Of course this piece of garbage didn’t even take the time to vote for any change. Krapernick is protected by the laws of this nation to say whatever he wants. But fans of the NFL are just as free to shun any team that hires him. Freedom of speech works both ways.

  105. I do not believe for one second this is a 1st amendment thing, he is being punished, or it is a race thing…

    Kap can’t play. I know for fact that if he could, he would have a job. QB is too important a position and there are too many teams that need a good QB for him to be just blacklisted.

    it makes no sense.

  106. Quite frankly, I can’t believe that there are any NFL fans left, after Goodell and his lackeys spent two years disrespecting their intelligence.

    The bozo gets booed at the draft, and he gets booed off of the stage at the Super Bowl, yet some fans still love him. Inexplicable.

  107. Lost in all of this is the fact that the Ravens literally have about 3 million in cap space. Unless Kaepernick is ready to play for comparative peanuts to what he walked away from in SF by opting out, then he won’t be in Baltimore for that reason alone.

  108. Simple facts –

    1) Joe Flacco is probably not going to get through this season with his back.
    2) Ryan Mallet is playing really poorly in practice – not ready for primetime.
    3) Kaep will come in at a fire sale price – he needs to reestablish himself and the Ravens don’t have a lot of cap room, but they can afford to pay this guy.
    4) With the current state of the O-Line, the Ravens need a player who can run, because that pocket is going to last maybe 2 seconds per play. Ergo….

    The politics are meaningless to me – I’ll support Kaepernick, just like I’d support a die-hard Trump supporter or a Bernie Bro. I’m cheering for the player, not the politics. Go Ravens – at least try not to miss the playoffs this year. Please???

  109. Andy Lindahl of Denver sports radio mentioned this, but, it’s August 2. With that said, if Kaepernick comes in right now, you expect him to excel already? That’s not realistic. Then again, the progressives have forged themselves a happy magical fairyland paradise where anything can happen so that’s why they’re so bullish on this communist fraud.

  110. Slo Flacco is at best, league-average. Probably below that. Replacing his level of play for the last several seasons is not that difficult. Kaepernick is most likely not going to exceed that performance since Baltimore has a drop-back passer oriented offense. Ryan Mallett OTOH is a drop back passer, has a howitzer for an arm, threads passes better than 10-yards-of -separation-and-stop-moving-receiver Flacco. It’s not a good fit regardless of everything else.

  111. The Ravens chose David Olson, not Colin K. And the news of this was preceded by a report that ColinK’s girlfriend tweeted that Bisciotti was a racist and Ray Rice was an ‘Uncle Tom’.

  112. marc127 says:
    July 29, 2017 at 8:50 am
    I don’t get it. A guy takes a non-violent and peaceful approach to a cause he is passionate about and is persecuted and blacklisted for taking a knee. Meanwhile, domestic abusers, child abusers, and plenty of other people who have off the field issues are celebrated and cheered.
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    Those people can help teams win games. The trajectory of Kaepernick’s career once teams figured out how to stop the read-option play has been steadily downward. He’s proven he’s not a good enough QB to win in any other system. He was a one-trick pony.

    So when you add a player who can’t help you win, who is a full-time distraction, and who is a lightning rod for fan anger, you have someone you don’t really need around. The Ravens have enough issues and enough problems trying to win without adding this LOSER.

    The only teams that I can see employing Kaepernick are ones that think they thrive on publicity, good or bad, which restricts it to New England or Dallas, and I can’t see Belichick putting up with a CK media circus (it’s all about him and Hollywood’s QB) or Ol’ Stretchface Jones being willing to take that much heat from his conservative fanbase.

  113. Kaepernick exercised his right to freedom of speech.

    We fans are now exercising our right to freedom of speech. (BTW – we’re the ones who buy the tickets, the shirts, the hats, pay outrageous parking fees and buy overpriced hot dogs and beer and some of us have been doing it for generations.) Some of us are cops like the people on the socks (depicted as pigs) that he wore to practice last year.

    These people are entertainers – darn well paid entertainers for that matter. If I want to be entertained I go see a game or pop a brewski or twoski and watch at home. If I want to be preached to I go to church.

    So – what’s the problem?

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